Today's Writing Prompt: If He Can, I Can
In the USA, today marks Martin Luther King, Jr. day. MLK Jr is today known as a powerful orator, an incredibly brave man, and a civil rights icon - one of the greatest Americans in history. What's less well known is that he tried to commit suicide as a pre-teen, got a C in public speaking, and was arrested almost 30 times.
If none of the stumbles and failures in your life mattered, what could you go on to accomplish? What would you reach for? Be remembered for?
If it wasn't for my lack of self-confidence and my fear of rejection and change I think I may have been someone really special, perhaps an author, artist or judge. But I spent most of my life trying to stay below the radar, not rocking the boat and afraid that my dreams would be laughed at.
One of the joys of getting older is that the need to please others and worry about what they might think of you seems to diminish. I'm a late bloomer but who knows what I might become.
National Buttercrunch Day
Aquarius is the first astrological sign of the year. Do you know someone born under this sign?
1961: President John F. Kennedy gives his memorable inaugural address that includes the words, "Ask not what your country can do for you.…"
1964: The album "Meet the Beatles" is released in the United States.
Federico Fellini, Italian film director (1920)
George Burns, comedian (1896)
Patricia Neal, actor (1926)
David Lynch, motion-picture director (1946)
January 20-26, 2006 – Hunting for Happiness Week
1892: Anniversary of the first basketball game; played in Springfield, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game.
1971: Radio Tuktoyaktuk began broadcasting in English and Inukitut.
January 20, 1994 - Beatrice Lillie dies at age 94; born Constance Sylvia Gladys Munston in Toronto on May 29, 1894. Lillie was a comic movie/stage actor that Noel Coward billed as the funniest woman in the world. She appeared in such films as Auntie Mame (1958), Around the World in 80 Days (1956) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). Henley-on-Thames, England
January 20, 1945 - World War II - First conscripted Canadian soldiers arrive overseas. Britain